Myth: Avoid “Nightshade” Veggies
There’s talk out there that tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, and peppers can make your RA symptoms worse. Take this advice with a grain of salt. There’s no hard evidence that foods from the nightshade family are a problem. So don’t skip these brightly-colored veggies that are loaded with nutrients.
Fact: Eat Fish to Curb Inflammation
You can’t go wrong with salmon, tuna, mackerel, and sardines. They’re loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which are superstars in the fight against tender joints and stiffness. They may even let you cut back on medication — with your doctor’s OK, of course. To get the most benefits, try to eat at least a 3- to 6-ounce serving of fish a couple of times a week.
Myth: Apple Cider Vinegar Cuts Pain
It’s a popular home remedy for achy joints, but don’t follow the crowd on this one. Despite claims that a nutrient called beta-carotene can fight RA, there’s no proof it does. And even if that ingredient were useful, there’s only a tiny amount in apple cider vinegar. You’re better off using the stuff to dress your salad.
Fact: Fiber Is Your Friend
Feel free to dig into foods with plenty of this stuff. It’s a good way to help you fight back against RA. Studies show it can lower your levels of a chemical called C-reactive protein (CRP), which is a sign of inflammation. So how much do you need? Fill a quarter of your plate with whole grains and half your plate with fruits and veggies at each meal.